Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Southeastern Ontario!

photo of Winter Wren

Happy Fall Migration!

What a fun time of year! Like the Winter Wren pictured above, many raptors, shorebirds, and passerines are making their way south towards their winter homes. We wish them a safe journey!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts.  We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc.  was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region.  Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

photo of Bill Watson at Hamburg Hawkwatch
Bill Watson at the Hamburg Hawkwatch

Bill Watson Memorial Waterbird Counts

Beginning July 6 and continuing weekly through October 9th, waterbird counts will be held on the upper Niagara River and Iroquois NWR and vicinity. Please consider participating in this effort to help count Great Egrets and other colonial nesting waterbirds on the upper Niagara River and around the Iroquois NWR complex as they return to communal roosts starting approximately an hour prior to sunset.

Contact Jim Pawlicki and/or Celeste Morien to coordinate count efforts and data compilation:

Niagara River: Jim Pawlicki (jmpawli10@gmail.com)

Iroquois NWR: Celeste Morien (celeste.morien@gmail.com)

See more about this count at: Bill Watson Memorial Waterbird Counts

BOS Happenings:

Check the Calendar for upcoming events!

Click here for a transcript of the minutes of our last meeting.